Summer Of Change

July 23, 2009
CD2 Convenes
Community Town Hall
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Council District 2 community members are convening a Town Hall meeting this Saturday morning at 10 am in order to lay down a community based platform that will drive the issues that frame the upcoming election for the open CD2 City Council seat.

Community leaders from throughout CD2 will be presenting topics for consideration and stakeholders will have the opportunity to weigh in on the different "planks" and to shape the final platform that represents the issues and concerns of the campaign.

The CD2 Town Hall meeting will take place at the North Hollywood Masonic Center, 5122 Tujunga Avenue, NoHo, CA 91601. The location is south of Magnolia Blvd. and is just a short walk from the NoHo Red Line Station and is also accessible via Metro bus line 183. For more info about public transportation directions go to . For those who arrive by car, parking is on the north side of the building. (Make friends with your neighbor and carpool)

Neighborhood Councils within the CD2 boundaries include Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, Valley Glen, Studio City, Valley Village, Mid-Town NoHo, NoHo NorthEast, Sun Valley Area, Foothill Trails, and Sunland-Tujunga. The Town Hall meeting is open to the public and all stakeholders are invited to participate in the development of the CD2 Community Principles.

CD2's City Council seat was vacated by Councilwoman Wendy Greuel who was recently elected LA's City Controller. More than a dozen candidates have filed with the City Clerk for the open seat and the campaign is already heading up with rhetoric that drifts from personalities to motives but rarely settles on the issues, concerns, and passions of the many neighborhoods that make up CD2.

To that end, the CD2 Town Hall is designed to put the needs and desires of the community first, to frame the campaign with a real focus on the issues that matter, and to position the candidates so that the debates and forums start with a real foundation of vision and commitment to improving the quality of life in CD2.

Greg Nelson, retired General Manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, will open the Town Hall and frame the process, challenging the community to lay down a vision for their neighborhoods that will live on after the election.

For more information contact and visit

Park[ing] Day LA
takes the issues to the street!
Parking Day LA
On September 18 artists, activists and community advocates take to the streets, drop a quarter into the meter, and proceed to convert parking spaces into public parks, all in an effort to stir a dialogue on public space.

Plans are already underway and Park[ing] Day LA offers the CD2 communities a unique opportunity to frame the campaign discussions and debates while offering the candidates the opportunity to visit each Neighborhood Council and to "stump" in a park that reflects a unique commentary on public space within that community.

By way of example, Sunland-Tujunga is embroiled in a debate over the future of the Verdugo Hills Golf Course. A proposal by a developer who wants to build 229 homes has the neighbors up in arms with concerns of an increase in traffic, a loss of open space, strain on the limited infrastructure and a host of other concerns. (

On Park[ing] Day LA, community members have proposed to take a parking space on Commerce Ave. and to build a putting green, all in an effort to stir a discussion of Verdugo Hills and the potential loss of the golf course. CD2 Candidates would be invited to stop by during the day for a round of golf and to visit with the hosts and the passersby, all of whom would be engaging in a robust discussion of the public space issues that are unique to that neighborhood.

Imagine if all ten CD2 Neighborhood Councils were to celebrate Park[ing] Day LA with parks that offer the CD2 Candidates the opportunity to "stump" the neighborhoods in the public space and to circulate throughout the community, engaging stakeholders on the street and in the new public space.

For more information on Park[ing] Day LA, visit, join the facebook page and email if you'd like the Park Czar to give a presentation to your Neighborhood Council.

Park[ing] Day LA has a twitter page on

For an overview of the origins of Park[ing] Day visit

North East Central Alliance (NECA) moves forward
On Wednesday, July 29th, NECA moves forward on its organizational journey, convening a meeting at 7pm at the Laguna Senior Apartments at 4201 W. Sunset Blvd. and inviting the community to join them in creating a cohesive voice for the community.

Paul Neuman, chair of the Silver Lake NC, reports "In some ways we're taking baby steps and in other ways, we're leaping. But most of all, we're moving forward and working on becoming both flexible and effective in representing the community in a cohesive manner."

The agenda for the upcoming meeting includes the development of the guiding principles for NECA and the organizational issues that come with the creation of a representative body. To that end, participating neighborhood councils are invited to send representatives so that officers can be elected and so that guidelines for process can be established.

Also on the agenda is a presentation on Social Media and the opportunity to create a communications strategy for neighborhood councils that employs tools such as Twitter and Facebook to connect with an audience and to create a community.

NECA meets on the last Wednesday of the month and a decision on whether to meet at a consistent site or to rotate among the member communities is yet to be made. 

For directions to the Laguna Senior Apartments go to and for questions on NECA you can email Paul Neuman at

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In This Issue
CD2 Convenes Community Town Hall
Park[ing] Day LA takes the issues to the street!
North East Central Alliance moves forward
Upcoming CD2 Candidates Forums
and Debates

Equestrian Communities CD2 Candidates Forum
Sponsored by the
LA Horse Council

Tuesday, Aug 4, 6:30pm

All Nations Church
10000 Foothill Blvd
Lake View Terrace
Info: 818 353-3467

Sunland-Tujunga CD2 Candidates Forum

Saturday Aug 8
Meet & Greet 1-2 pm Forum 2-4:30 pm

North Valley City Hall
7747 Foothill Blvd
Info: 818 438-7076

Neighborhood Council
Valley Village
Council District 2
Candidates Forum

Wednesday, Aug 26 @ 7pm

Colfax Elementary

The Sherman Oaks
Homeowners Association

Wednesday Aug 19
"Meet & Greet" start @ 6:15pm


Wednesday Sep 16
candidate debate start @ 7:15pm

Notre Dame High School at Woodman & Riverside

The Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council

Monday, Sep 14 @ 6:30pm

Sherman Oaks
Elementary School
Info: (818) 990-4002 or

Park[ing] Day LA

Friday, September 18, 2009

CityWide in a park(ing) space near you!

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